IRCC looking to tackle Express Entry backlogs before resuming FSWP and CEC invitations

November 26, 2021

By CIC News IRCC is holding off on inviting FSWP and CEC candidates so that it can tackle its backlogs. This is revealed in an internal briefing memo that CIC News requested and successfully obtained from the department. Get a Free Canadian Immigration Assessment Although the memo is heavily redacted, it contains key insights on Canada’s Express Entry operations. The memo begins by stating that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stopped Federal Skilled Worker Program...

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Helping refugees resettle in Canada is a winning proposition for all

November 26, 2021

By Toronto Star As Canada prepares to welcome tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, I am struck by the opportunity this offers our country — an opportunity to not only help those who need it, but also to enrich our communities and grow our economy. Whenever we think about refugees, most of us conjure up depressing images. We picture endless lines of people escaping conflict on foot, with only the...

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How Canada can improve immigrant outcomes and fill labour gaps in essential services: study

November 26, 2021

A recent Conference Board of Canada study offers suggestions to improve the nature of essential work in Canada. Canada’s immigration system is designed to fill labour shortages, and yet the current system is not keeping up with the demand for essential workers. One of the reasons is that Canada has a number of immigration pathways for workers in “skilled occupations,” which do not always include jobs that are in-demand. Also, the process...

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Vancouver’s hybrid food culture brings a global ‘taste of home’ to residents

November 26, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | As migration to Vancouver has increased with the rising tide of globalization, so has the diversity of foods available here. A new study finds both long-standing and naturalized citizens have been indulging in new cuisines, creating what researchers say are “hybrid food cultures.” The phenomenon is the focus of a study published in the journal Appetite . It examined the diets of the two largest population groups in...

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The question of identity with South Asian-Canadian Alex Sangha

November 24, 2021

By Calgary Herald Migrant and refugee workers in Alberta’s meat-packing plants face dangerous working conditions and precarious employment, according to new research from York University. The research, conducted by Bronwyn Bragg and Jennifer Hyndman, alongside Calgary advocacy group ActionDignity, involved interviews and surveys with immigrant workers in the facilities. Those workers reported unsafe working conditions in meat-packing facilities, an issue exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty-two per cent of survey...

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The question of identity with South Asian-Canadian Alex Sangha

November 24, 2021

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine Episode 4 of the Canadian Immigrant podcast First Generation features LGBTQ+ activist, documentary film maker and social worker of South Asian heritage Alex Sangha In this episode, we unpack Alex’s journey from changing his Punjabi birth name to fit into Canada to facing the challenges in finding his identity as a gay South Asian man to setting up Sher Vancouver to help others like himself. Alex shares his...

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